The Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh offers fully-funded scholarships for Sub-Saharan African students. These scholarships are available for students starting a doctoral programme in African Studies in September 2017.

The Centre for African Studies is supported by the Graduate School of Social and Political Science, which enables students to acquire a broader set of transferable skills during their time with them.

The University of Edinburgh is a world-class institution and one of the world’s greatest centres of gravity for Africanist expertise.

University accepts all of the English language qualifications for entry to the University, including IELTS qualifications from any IELTS test centre.

Scholarships are available for pursuing the full-time doctoral programme in the field of African Studies.

Worth of Award

The scholarship will cover tuition fees, two return flights from the applicant’s home country, and a monthly stipend (£1,200 a month) and is tenable for 3 years.


  • Applicants must reside in a country in Sub-Saharan Africa and be studying full-time towards a PhD in African Studies. At the time of the scholarship deadline, applicants must have already received an offer (conditional or unconditional) onto the PhD in African Studies programme.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate exceptional academic skills and achievements. Preference will be given to those proposing a doctoral research project in conflict resolution, elections, peace-building and/or governance in African contexts, although other topics in the field of politics and international development may be considered.


How to Apply

Applicants will need to e-mail an updated CV and a cover letter to the Postgraduate Adviser for the PhD in African Studies: Please add ‘Catto PhD scholarship application’ to the subject line, and ensure the e-mail is sent by 1st May 2017. The cover letter should be no longer than two pages, and should provide:

  • An exhaustive explanation of the proposed research project;
  • A demonstration of the candidate’s additional leadership potential;
  • How the candidate intends to maximise the impact and benefits of their doctoral research project in their country of origin.

Deadline: The deadline for application is May 1, 2017.

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